Entry requirements

A 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in any discipline.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Pick from a wide selection of optional modules that cover a broad range of topics, from violence to human rights
  • Look at society’s biggest problems through a lens of social inclusion, disorder and justice
  • Be the first to hear about our research in policing, cybercrime, drugs and society, and more
  • Become confident with a range of research methods and carry out your own project on a topic that interests you
  • Join a lively community of students and staff who have a diverse range of interests within the field of criminology
  • The world is a live laboratory. As a criminologist, you can analyse different issues, investigate change as it happens and use theory to make sense of it. By joining us at Lancaster, we’ll help you look at the motivations behind different crimes and assess potential solutions to key issues.

Understanding society

What are the implications of climate change for policing? Is it time to scale back on prisons? What do we need to know about cannabis cultivation? These are just a few examples of questions you might think about as a criminology student. We’ll cover the most current challenges and share the research we’re doing right now.

You’ll be part of a vibrant community. There’s always something going on within the department, whether that’s a guest lecture or a research group meeting. Our staff will talk to you about their latest work too, and share the issues they’ve faced in their own work around ethics, such as finding a safe way to explore cybercrime.

Focus on law

Studying our LLM Criminology and Criminal Justice, you’ll focus on the relationship between law and criminology. Our bespoke Research Methods in Law module will help you understand how to carry out ethical research and design projects.

You’ll apply everything you’ve learnt to your dissertation. This will look at an area of criminology and its relationship to law. Examples of previous dissertation topics include ’Criminalizing Coercive Control in Indonesia’ and ‘Ethnic Profiling in the context of counter-terrorism in Belgium and the UK’,

Want to study criminology more broadly? Take a look at our MA Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more on our fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Law Admissions
+44 (0)1524 592215